Connecticut gunman had hundreds of rounds; Obama to console Newtown
By Emily Flitter and Dan Burns
The gunman who slaughtered 20 young children in Connecticut stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School armed with hundreds of bullets for a military-style assault rifle and handguns, and shot himself when police closed in, officials said on Sunday.
A more detailed picture of Adam Lanza’s stunning attack on the school in Newtown emerged as worshippers filled Sunday services to mourn the victims and President Barack Obama headed to Connecticut to console the shattered town.
Lanza, 20, who was identified as the gunman by police for the first time on Sunday, shot his way into the school on Friday, firing away at students and staff with a Bushmaster AR 15 rifle, officials said.
He also carried two handguns and hundreds of bullets in “multiple” high-capacity magazines of about 30 rounds each, and had a fourth weapon in reserve – a shotgun in his car outside, Connecticut state police Lieutenant Paul Vance said.
“The Bushmaster was used … in the school in its entirety and the handgun was used to take his own life,” Vance said, adding that Lanza’s motive for the massacre was not known.